A recent research led by Gabriel Sangüesa-Barreda in Tenerife Island revealed the oldest living tree in the European Union with an age of 1481 years. The article that is available in Ecology is the result of a collaboration between Universidad de Valladolid, Rey Juan Carlos University, Tenerife Vertical and Teide National Park.
Our research found that cliff habitats have provided junipers (Juniperus cedrus) a place to shelter from intense disturbances —volcanic eruptions, goats’ teeth and human axe— that reduced their abundance in the flat and attainable parts. After National Park creation cliff-confined junipers have led the recruitment of younger cohorts in flat areas.
The study has received a huge attention from Spanish media:
In addition, check it out our article in The Conversation (in Spanish).
This research was part of the “Discovering missing parts in an island ecosystem” project.